NEW YORK CITY - College Football Broadcaster Bob Griese has been suspended by ESPN Sports for making an out-of-line taco remark during the Great Lakes of Michigan College and Solid State University football game in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
ESPN Spokesperson Juanito Panchito Capistrano said that the 64-year-old Griese apologized for using the word taco in a derogatory manner. He has however been given a one week or one game suspension.
The ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback was doing an on-the-air promotion for an upcoming NASCAR event, The Tucson Taco Swell 700.
When he was asked what would the winner of the race be receiving, he replied that the winner would receive his choice of either $70,000 and 700 tacos or else $70,000 and no tacos.
Griese apologized at the end of the game for making the taco wisecrack. He said that his remark was a stupid, dumb, idiotic, Ann Coulter-like hateful utterance.
He said that after the game he called up the president and CEO of Taco Swell, Don Don Fernandez and apologized to him personally.
Mr. Fernandez accepted Griese's apology and told him that next time he needs to use the more politically correct word enchilada.
Griese thanked Mr. Fernandez and told him that the next time he would most definitely use the word enchilada instead.
Mr. Fernandez hung up the phone and reportedly uttered under his breath, "pendejo."
SIDENOTE: At ESPN's insistence Bob Griese informed Mr. Fernandez that he would be willing to make a commercial for Taco Swell without receiving any artistic pay or fee compensation. Mr. Fernandez politely declined saying that none of his Taco Swell customers have any idea who the hell Bob Griese even is.